December 11, 2018 13:15:31
Egyptian authorities are investigating a video posted online by a Danish photographer that appears to show he and a woman scaling, and then posing in a sexual position, on the Great Pyramid of Giza.
- Mr Hvid claims he took footage on top of the pyramid in late November
- Egyptian authorities are investigating whether the footage is real, and how security was breached
- Despite a photo showing the couple in a sexual position, Mr Hvid said the couple did not have sex on the structure
Andreas Hvid posted a video to YouTube and Facebook of what he says shows the pair climbing the pyramid last month. The Dane also posted a photograph of the pair naked on top of each other, which also appears to have been taken on the structure.
After initially claiming the footage was fake, Egyptian authorities referred the incident to the country’s Attorney-General to investigate the video’s validity.
Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani told Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram that prosecutors were investigating how Mr Hvid and his friend were able to scale the Pyramid of Khufu and “whether they really filmed an explicit pornographic video atop the pyramid”.
“The prosecution authorities will tell Egyptians how the two tourists were able to scale the Great Pyramid of Khufu, whether the video is real or fake, and negligent officials will be brought to justice,” Mr El-Anany said.
“The explicit video has sparked fury and outrage among Egyptians in general, and the officials affiliated with the Ministry of Antiquities in particular.
“I stress that scaling the pyramids is strictly forbidden.”
Commenters on Mr Hvid’s Facebook and Instagram pages slammed the Dane for what they described as shameful and disrespectful behaviour.
“The Pyramids are an ancient wonder that should be admired and treasured not used as a backdrop for inappropriate images and conduct,” one user wrote in response to Mr Hvid posting the video to his Facebook page.
A different user described the video as “another example of white/European mindset that you rule the world and everything is yours for folly and disrespect”.
In an interview with Danish tabloid Ekstrabladet, Mr Hvid claimed to have been stopped by guards on a previous attempt to climb the pyramid, before breaching a nearby fence in late November to scale the structure in an estimated 25 minutes.
Saying the woman was a model who answered the call for a “short notice” trip to Cairo, he denied the pair had sex on top of the pyramid.
The image was originally shown in Mr Hvid’s video. But following the post being shared online Mr Hvid took the original footage down and reposted the clip with the model’s face blurred and the nude photo removed.
Despite backlash from Egyptians and fellow Danes, Mr Hvid claimed he had received support from locals.
“I’m sad that so many people have become so angry. But I have also received a positive response from a lot of Egyptians — something I think is worth remembering,” he said.
Mr Hvid’s website features artistic photos taken atop high structures in a nod to the thrill-seeking practice of “rooftopping”.